Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Kokkola pedestrian centre in Finland by ALA
April 26th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: ALA
Kokkola wanted their currently car-inhabited center area to become obviously pedestrian (with as little effort as possible). We decided to start by placing a tree in the middle of the street. With time, while more trees are planted, the street (sufficient width dimension courtesy of Finnish traffic engineering standard) would turn more into a park, or a square.
The second main gesture was to propose a whole new set of furnishings designed to entirely renew crowd behaviour here. Different elements follow the same formal logic where the shape of things is defined by pedestrian flows. Most of these furniture-like elements as well as surface material upgrades will only happen piece by piece, with time.
Finessed lighting design, and a soundscape is designed for the area as part of the project. The combination of these new things will be unique to Kokkola, strongly adding to the sense of place (which usually lacks from smaller Finnish cities with their sometimes ruthless post-war rebuilding).